At South Shore Academy we value the input of all of our community and welcome your contribution as parents and carers in helping inform our next steps.
The Ofsted Report in May 2015 was very clear about both the strengths of the school and how we need to improve. As a result, we have produced an Action Plan which breaks down over five terms what we hope to achieve. This is available for you to read in its entirety at the bottom of this page and will be updated on a regular basis. I have outlined a few of the key areas of improvement below and also set out how you can contribute to the progress of the Academy over the course of the next two years.
Key Target Areas
Improve Student Attendance & Punctuality to School
Improve attendance at the Academy from the current position of 90.42% to 94.5% by April 2017.
The figure of 94.5% is the national average figure for all schools in England and Wales. It is essential that as parents and carers, you ensure that your child attends school on a regular basis.
How can you help?
If you have any issues in relation to your child’s attendance, please contact the South Shore Academy Attendance Team on 01253 336504. We will do all we can to assist you. Please also note that we will be hosting a number of parental and student events for those of you experiencing difficulty in ensuring your child attends school regularly and on time.
Ensure that behaviour at South Shore Academy is at least good
Whilst at South Shore Academy, it is our job to ensure that your child has access to the best teaching and support possible. For staff to deliver this however, it is necessary that standards of good behaviour are consistently high. The vast majority of our young people are respectful and eager to learn. For the minority who experience difficulty in managing their behaviour we have introduced a number of alternative provisions and pathways which are designed to help meet their needs whilst not adversely affecting the learning of other students. These provisions include a unit called The Bridge and a variety of small groups and one:one and work placement programmes. These are beginning to work now and we have seen a reduction in permanent exclusions from this time last year by 100%. Last academic year we had permanently excluded ten students in Term 1.
What can you do?
Again, it is essential that you work with us in partnership to ensure that we meet the needs of all of our young people. If your child is exhibiting challenging behaviours then your support is essential in enforcing any agreed packages of provisions. Mr Grant oversees our inclusion provision, and his team are leading on the provision of some parenting classes scheduled for January 2016. These are sessions designed to help you support your child and also to meet other parents/carers with similar challenges.
Improve the quality of Teaching and Learning
Since our last Ofsted inspection, South Shore Academy has worked hard to recruit the best staff and to raise standards. We have refined our data tracking systems in order that they are more accurate and extended our school day for Years 10 and 11 to maximise learning time. We have also ensured that the curriculum offered to students is as extensive and balanced as possible and that students make informed choices. To ensure that they can study chosen subjects for longer, we have extended KS4. Year 9 students currently undertake a foundation skills year in preparation for their GCSE studies..
How can you help?
Throughout the course of the year, we will be running sessions for parents/carers wanting to help their child with work at home. We already have an ICT group for adults in the community, some of whom are parents wishing to improve their own basic technology skills.
From January, we plan to offer classes in literacy and numeracy and adult English lessons. All of these sessions will be free of charge.
As Year 11 students in particular are approaching the onset of their end of year formal examinations, please ensure that your child attends all of the intervention sessions after school and during February half term and Easter.
Improve the quality of Leadership of all levels
The Governing Body and Bright Futures Educational Trust are committed to improving leadership in the Academy at all levels. As a result, a new Vice Principal has recently joined the Senior Leadership Team provided by the Trust.
South Shore Academy now has a fully staffed leadership team with two new Vice Principals, one in charge of teaching and learning and one in charge of standards and behaviour. The current Senior Leadership staff structure is shown below (Click the image to enlarge it).
This team is successfully improving teaching, learning and assessment as acknowledged in the recent Local Authority monitoring visit, the Bright Futures Educational Trust subject reviews, Challenge Partners review, Pupil Premium review and Review of Governance, all completed since September 2015. All suggested ways forward have been incorporated into the Academy’s Action Plan.
What can you do?
Your views as parents and carers are also valued by the Governing Body and by the Bright Futures Educational Trust. As a result, we have a number of ways in which you can communicate with any of us.
- Parents’ Evening
Firstly, a member of the Governing Body will be present at all Parents’ evenings. They will happily answer any of your questions and take on board suggestions. The Governing Body sub-committees meet regularly, please see the schedule of meetings below:
Proposed Local Governing Body Meetings 2015/16
|Mon 14th Sept||5:00pm||Standards, Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing|
|Mon 28th Sept||5:00pm||Finance and Premises Committee|
|Mon 12th Oct||5:00pm||Pay and Personnel Committee|
|Mon 9th Nov||5:00pm||Full Local Governing Body|
|Mon 23rd Nov||5:00pm||Standards, Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing|
|Mon 7th Dec||5:00pm||Finance and Premises Committee|
|Mon 1st Feb||5:00pm||Standards, Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing|
|Mon 29th Feb||5:00pm||Finance and Premises Committee|
|Mon 14th March||5:00pm||Pay and Personnel Committee|
|Mon 21st March||5:00pm||Full Local Governing Body|
|Mon 16th May||5:00pm||Standards, Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing|
|Mon 23rd May||5:00pm||Pay and Personnel Committee|
|Mon 20th June||5:00pm||Finance & Premises Committee (Budget)|
|Mon 27th June||5:00pm||Full Local Governing Body|
Parent/Carer view is sought at each Parents’ Evening and any event that the Academy hosts. When attending an event, you will be asked to complete a survey which is voluntary. Equally, on our website we have provided a link to Parent View, the Ofsted facility open to you.
For those of you wishing to discuss any issue but have not had the chance to make a formal appointment, the Principal, Jane Bailey, will be available from 3.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. on a Tuesday and Thursday after school commencing in January 2016. No appointment is necessary. Please simply register at the main reception and Ms Bailey or a member of her Senior Leadership Team will see you as soon as possible.
Blackpool Challenge Parental Engagement Initiative
As part of our involvement in the Blackpool Challenge, your views will be sought over time in relation to a number of initiatives all of which will be intended to improve the educational outcomes for your young people.